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to be the top winner. meanwhile, back here at home harry reid has said, well, we are going to have -- try to get a gun control bill to the floor, it will include no assault weapons ban. get that? not that they bring it up and vote it down. harry reid will not even let an assault weapons ban come to the floor for a vote even though the american people support it by about 55% and despite all of the great work that dianne feinstein has done on that bill. harry reid proving to be a weenie. that and more, here on current tv. [ music ] billy zane stars in barabbas. coming in march to reelz. to find reelz in your area, go to reelz.com alright, in 15 minutes we're going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look
. the chairman is in the hot seat. he'll be here live to counter his critics. >>> plus, senate leader harry reid says democrats will not have an assault weapons ban in their new gun regulation bill. and that is not sitting well with one of the top backers. good morning from washington. it's wednesday, march 20th, 2013. the first day of spring. come on, you like this tie. it's colorful. this is "the daily rundown." i'm luke russert in for chuck todd who is in israel for the president. he'll be joining us from there in a few moments. president obama has arrived in the middle east to begin i had four-day tour of the region. but it's not all pomp and circumstance. difficult issues loom as the leaders prepare for meetings later today. but publicly, the focus is on what president obama called the eternal bond between the two nations. >> the united states of america stands with the state of israel because it is in our fundamental national security interests to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger. it makes us both more prosperous and it makes the world a better place. >> in an unstable and unce
control. majority leader harry reid says he will move the package of bills when they come back from spring recess next month. it will include back ground checks but not a ban on assault weapons. >> for all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that? when you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies. and what happened to them. and those six teachers and administrators. >> these are john lien on's blood eyeglasses from the day he was murdered. good to see both of you, good morning. let me read to you from the column in the washington post this morning. we all know what's happening here. senate democrats face a tough battle to hold on to their slim majority. i'd love to hear them explain their cal kragss to the parents of newtown. emily, is harry reid's bill essentially a surrender that's based on the political reality of the vote next year? >> i would actually even challenge even at this point harry reid's cal slags that this is a political reality. the reality is the american public is already there. partic
exercise explosion. now outrage over senator harry reid's remarks. it sounds very political. >> our marines were training in hawthorne. with the sequester it is going to cut this stuff back. >>alisyn: did he connect the tragedy to the sequester? marines are reacting. >>steve: white house tours are canceled for all of us, and pink slips are out and the sequester has everybody scared except the white house. their budget for a st. patrick's party untouched, and wait until you see who was inviteed to that party last night that you weren't invited to. >>brian: we're irish. we would have qualified. a proud dad posted this picture of his son who passed a hunter safety course. next thing you know cops are raiding his home demanding to see his gun. that boy, his dad, live at the top of the hour. "fox & friends" starts now. ♪ >>alisyn: almost freezing today at 6:01. >>steve: within the next hour we're going to flip over to spring officially. the vernal equinox before 7:00 eastern time here in new york city where it is 33 degrees in the canyon of concrete. >>alisyn: at some point the earth has to sp
harry reid issued this statement, i want to be clear in order to be effective, any bill that passes the senate must include background checks. a welcome statement but senator chuck schumer is still searching for republican co-sponsor. then there's the question of the house. speaker john boehner hinted at support earlier this week. >> do you think background checks and improving background checks might be part of that? >> they should actually do a real background check on everyone. and maybe the department of justice ought to enforce the law. >> you know the deal, boehner's office back tracked the next day issuing the clarification that speaker misspoke. the death toll from gun violence continues to climb in america. today there was news after u.s. marine shooting, killing two colleagues then killing himself in kwau in quantico, virginia. he had ties to white supremacist group in colorado prisons. then the story of 13-year-old antonio santiago. antonio was asleep with his mother when two teenagers approached them, demanding money. antonio's mother told the teens she had no money. whe
to the gut when senator harry reid said that assault weapons ban will not be part of the comprehensive senate package. and this could be part of the reason. check it out. the nra, its fundraising hit record highs, $1.6 million in february alone. that's the best number they've posted since 2000. put it up against mayor bloomberg's super pac. he put up just $2 million last month. let me bring in our guests. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> hi, chris. >> biden says he's not giving up. i don't know. is that just talk? harry reid says the assault weapons ban had only 40 votes. where does he think he's going to get these votes from? >> i think this just shows you what a contentious issue gun control is in this country. i would have thought, given the events of the last few weeks and months that we would be much farther along. i can only hope that bloomberg and his money, as you pointed out, are going to help balance this issue out. i hope that he keeps pressing on this hard as well, but politically i think it is going to be a very tough sell. >> it is, i think, worth mentioning some
to the democrats first budget resolution since 2009. and senate majority leader, harry reid, has guaranteed that universal background checks will be part of a final gun control package. they'll begin debating that when they return from their easter recess. joining me is "washington post" national political correspondent and my colleague, karen tumelty and john morris. my mentor. harry reid focusing on the positive in some way said that this universal background checks will in the bill. what he didn't say is that high capacity magazines, banning those, and the assault weapons ban will not be, they'll be offered as amendments, what does this say about how much the political climate, if at all has changed as it ties to guns, karen, since what happened in newtown, connecticut late last year. >> well harry reid says he's basically counting the votes here. there are not the 60 votes it would take to overcome a filibuster on the tougher measures, i think also that he is looking at the fact that he has some democratic seats up for re-election in 2014. and in 2014. and in some states that it's going
of breaking news. i'm told reliably that senator harry reid will move a bill starting tonight and it would have background checks in the base component of it, which means it won't be offered as an amendment. that's a victory for gun control advocates. they wanted it to be in the base bill. they thought without it reform would be toothless. now they'll get the fight they want and we'll see how the votes play out. >> what will the elements be? background checks, something on traffics. >> federal trafficking ban. >> secondhand purchases. >> and the final component will be measures for enhanced school safety. everything else i'm guessing from my reporting would have to be added via an amendment, which means a bad on high-capacity magazines would also have to be added, it still could get there with 60 votes, still a victory tonight for gun control advocates if this reporting is true that they will have background checks in the base bill. >> i'm still making the push, because they have to vote for the bill even if it's in the bill. let me ask you about the reporting here. does this mean that the
reform. president obama's initiative to reduce violence in america has been severely weakened. harry reid has announced the most controversial and ambitious part of the president's proposal a ban on assault weapons will not make the final cut when he brings the bill up for debate. >> but, right now, her amendment using the most optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. that's not 60. i have to get something on the floor so we can have votes on that issue and the other issues i talked about and what i'm going to try to do. i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. >> senator dianne feinstein who sponsored the ban was clearly irritated. the california democrat told reporters, obviously, i'm disappointed. i tried my best but my best i guess was not good enough. you'd think congress would listen but they clearly listened to the national rifle association and they do. the ban would have outlawed it nearly 160 semiautomatic weapons and limited the size of magazines to ten rounds. and in today's "daily news" a removal of the assau
safety. harry reid will bring the senate's proposal to the floor and include votes on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. yesterday, new york city mayor mike bloomberg optimistic about the vote during an appearance on "meet the press." >> we are going to have a vote, for sure, on assault weapons and we are going to have a vote on background checks and if we were to get background checks only, it wouldn't be as good as if we got both, but look. we demanded a plan and then we demanded a vote. we have got the plan and we are going to get the vote. >> the mayor announced a new $12 million ad campaign that will challenge senators in 13 states from arizona to pennsylvania to back gun control legislation. >> for me, guns are for hunting and protecting my family. i believe in the second amendment and i'll fight to protect it. but with rights, come responsibilities. that's why i support xren hencive background so the criminals and mentally dangerously ill can't get guns and that protects my rights and family. >> he's going to find out this is a country of the people by the people and
's gun bill with connecticut senator richard bloomen that will. we'll ask by harry reid had to drop the assault weapons ban from the measure. >>> in vatican city today, pope francis went to castel gandolfo to meet with his predecessor. during this meeting they prayed together, they had a private 45-minute conversation followed by lunch, but this could be the first and only time in history at current and former pope meet after a transfer of leadership. lots of prayers across this country today with different stakes and millions of players. $320 million is on the line. it is the jackpot in the latest powerball drawing. it's a near record and on wednesday an extra $60 million was added to the jockp jackpot. nobody won. so your odds of winning 1 in 175 million. you better pray harder. that's all i'm saying there. >>> take a quick look at the top left-hand corner of your screen. that's a meteor flying over the skies of maryland traveling at a speed of 10 miles a second. it was larger than the size of most meteors which is why a security camera was able to capture in and why people in 12
. >> a bunch of stories to get to. >>> gun control now. majority leader harry reid made it clear it would include provision that would expand background checks to private sales and he demanded amendments for assault weapons after the measures left out of the final bill but the proposals in the senate may not be enough for vice president joe biden. in a joint appearance with mayor michael bloomberg in new york city yesterday, biden evoked the memories of a newtown shooting and implored lawmakers to ban assault weapons. >> for all of those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all of those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that? when you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies and what happened to them and those six teachers and administrators. tell me how it violates anyone's constitutional right to be limited to a clip that holds ten rounds, instead of 30. >> if you actually read the constitution and supreme court decisions, but there is the need to get the 60 votes to get something through the senate. and you're just not, sam, going to get 60 votes on
it here in america instead of supporting the terrorism and harry reid as the senate leader hasn't passed a budget in four years -- we treat politics like it as a sports event instead of our future instead of team win. things bother me. guest: you will hear more talk about oil especially around the keystone pipeline which remains controversial. it is something we will hear more about looking at the oil numbers. also liquefied natural gas is a big issue that republicans will push for. the belt way thinks it is a sport. we watch on both levels. many of look at numbers and policy. people might have to pay more for a hamburger at the meat inspectors get laid off so we look at if this is selling their point. host: regarding messaging war, what will the message be from the democrats and republicans as they go back to their districts over the next two weeks? guest: democrats will tell constituents that they protected the vulnerable through medicare and they stop republicans from turning it into a voucher and republicans will tell their constituents that they brought down the deficit and they are
background check system of all gun sales. >> senate majority leader harry reid express getting support for tougher gun legislation. he has since introduced a bill that would expand the background check system and deal with school safety in gun trafficking. >> the parent of grace mcdonnell one of the sandy hook students killed hopes that will motivate lawmakers. >> i hope that all my heart the all of the senators congressman men and women were in our shoes for one day, one hour and felt the pain that we have with our daughter. maybe it they would take action. >> i am ed payne reporting. >> the the spending bill passed by congress continues the requirement for 6 day mail delivery. but some lawmakers and postal officials said the plans to cut saturday service should proceed. last month the post service said it was switched in august to five days service for first-class mail but continues as a package delivery. they argue that they will still have delivered over six days with the difference is that not all mail will be delivered all six days. >> tens of thousands chicago students, parents
to happen in the senate after the easter recess. majority leader harry reid announced that he will bring forward a bill that will include broader background checks. his bill will not include the more controversial ban on assault weapons. some democrats are defending his decision to separate that ban from the bill. >> what most gun rights advocates don't realize is that our current laws at the state and national level are swiss cheese. we can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. >> joining me now chris murphy. thanks for joining us. if not every other week uyou're hearing all these shootings. i flow you have spent time in newtown. you have met with the families of the victims is this the bill, the response those families deserve? >> i think you are right. we are watching a orji of gun violence. shame on the united states you congress that we remain so disconnected from reality out there. the package that we're talking about which includes universal background checks may not have enough votes to pass the united states senate. we're going to have to work really hard over the next two
but a majority of the u.s. senate does not. harry reid taking the ban out of the senate gun control bill. still, joe the plumber is raffling off his ar 15. why are you raffling off the gun? >> i want to encourage americans to stand firm in the face of political correctness because that is the battle coming all about control and kind of like the previous guests about the nanny state. it is not to infringe upon our right because some strange lunatic decided to kill people. you don't sit there and take the rights from americans. and these guys barack obama has taken a page from rahm emanuel's book to take advantage of a crisis to try to disarm citizens. i have been a gun owner my life. i take the kids out hunting and we practice. my family feels secure. and as far as the ban on a 30 round clip. there is not enough rounds out there to protect my family and for him to sit there and say something like that just it makes me angry. how much is too much to protect my family? up that weapon. hold up the weapon you have there in your house. hold it up. no you what do you use that for? >> an ar 15 colt wit
of the important issues and don't have any backbone. that was proven this week, when harry reid said no jno jno, i don't think dianne feinstein has enough votes, so we're not even going to schedule a vote on the assault weapon's ban. what nonsense. how do you know you don't have enough votes unless you first take a vote? this is what the american people want. they want the ban on assault weapons, too bad harry reid won't go along. all we see these days from congress is a lot of cowering. [♪ theme music ♪] >> hal: so here we are in day four of me filling in -- hal sparks, hi how are you? some people know me as as @halsparks. i think you actually have -- your home is now so socially media based, where you can go i'm from wisconsin, but i consider facebook my hometown. >> that's true. you live on facebook twitter, google plus -- >> hal: i'm a big plan of google plus. i have facebook up almost as a mechanical thing it's almost like the dmv of social media. like you have to register with them. but jacki schechner is on there, so if you have a news story that you think she should c
leader harry reid there, the senate's all-night vote a rama finally ended at 4:33 a.m. that takes us into the political playground. >>> ashley judd may have dropped a hint about the senate run for kentucky, dropped this friday. according to a cincinnati tv station, judd said her mother, country star naomi judd, cannot wait to turn her garage into campaign headquarters. >>> on bravo's "inside the actor studio," tina fey reviving her famed sarah palin impression. >> you know, jimmy, i believe that if everybody had guns, then there would be fewer guns in the stores. >>> and florida might spurn favorite sons, senator marco rubio and former governor jeb bush for none other than hillary clinton in 2016. a quinnipiac university poll the other day found floridians would support the former secretary of state and first lady 52-42% over senator rubio and 51-40% over former governor bush. hmm. >>> overwhelming american support for gun background checks. so, why is that not translating into overwhelming support on capitol hill? i'll talk to congressman jim hines next. >>> and great balls of fire.
leader harry reid. and people from the republican establishment, like senators john mccain and lindsey graham. our are contemptuous of vision, and our vision is distinctly different from today's reality. our country is $17 trillion in debt, and we are headed to bankruptcy. our gross domestic product shrunk, and wall street profits it. seven out of the 10 wealthiest counties in america are right here in boom town d.c. like "the hunger games." corrupted deals are standard operating procedure. yet, in the heartland, and in point is in the double digits. is in doublent digits. when obamacare is fully enacted, a million people will lose their current health insurance. bemillion people will still uninsured. have toily of four will pay $20,000 per year for the cheapest health-care plan. studies show that medicaid surgical patients today are far more likely to die than those that have no insurance at all. ae affordable care act is con. in reality, it is not affordable, callous, and cool. -- cruel. our attributes will be the that died.- patients most of our elected officials do not know how to
, it's something i'm curious about. you know harry reid pretty well. comes from your state. how much longer do you think he's going to stick around as the majority leader in the senate? >> hasn't indicated to me one way or another. my opinion of harry, he's going to stick around as long as the electorate wil keep him there. he already indicated he wants to run in the next election a couple years from now. harry is a fighter. that's just his nature. he enjoys what he's doing. >> could you also quickly weigh in on the fight going on in new jersey? the lawsuit against new jersey trying to legalize sports betting and join nevada in that ranks. what do you think? >> well, of course, we in nevada prefer monopolies when we're the beneficiaries of monopolies. >> we all do. we all do. >> i think the nfl and ncaa would agree with you. >> yes. that's, of course, whbeen one o the limitations we have to experience by having sports betting, mayor sports franchises and ncaa tournaments stay away from us because of sports betting. new jersey would have that if they were successful in obtaining sport
reno. harry reid say there's was a huge explosion. >> we don't know exactly what happened but it was a violent explosion, we know that. my thoughts are with those who are injured and, of course, families of those with lost loved ones. >> want to bring in our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr. tell us, first of all, what do we know about how this even happened? >> reporter: well, suzanne, the military is saying seven marines were killed when a 60 millimeter mortar shell, already in the tube, in the weapon essentially exploded. seven marines killed, a number injured and medevac'd to hospital. likely with serious trauma injuries about the training situation, they would have been standing quite close to the mortar and to the weapon when it exploded. now a major investigation, of course, under way trying to determine what exactly happened and trying to see how they go forward from here. but seven military families, suzanne, getting the worst possible news today. >> such a shame. thank you, barbara. appreciate that. >>> a plan now to commit mass murder on a college campus. p
. senate majority leader harry reid decided to drop the proposal to keep republicans from blocking it. >> i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. i think the worst of all would be to bring something to the floor and it dies there. >> of course the nra is fighting against tougher gun control. and contributions to the group's political action committee are surging now. the nra raised almost $1.6 million in february. and in january it raked in $1.1 million. vice president biden teamed up with new york mayor michael bloomberg today to push for new gun control laws. biden made an emotional appeal for action. >> for all those who say we shouldn't or couldn't ban high capacity magazines, i just ask them one question, think about newtown. think about newtown. think about how many of these children or teachers may be alive today had he had to reload three times as many times as he did. think about what happened out in where gabby giffords, my good friend, was shot and wounded. think about when that young man had to try to change the
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depots in western nevada monday night. >>> senate majority leader harry reid is removing a proposed assault ban rifle -- assault rifle ban from new gun legislation that he will send to the full senate for consideration. reid says keeping the assault weapons ban would have guaranteed a republican filibuster to block the measure. >> i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. i think the worst of all worlds may be to bring something to the floor and it dies there. >> reid says that senator dianne feinstein could introduce her proposed ban on assault weapons as an amendment to new gun legislation in order to at least get a vote on that. >>> and new shocking sex and drug allegations against the man who used to be the voice of elmo. the 24-year-old is suing kevin clash alleging he smoked crystal meth while engaging in sexual activity with stephens. the lawsuit alleges he also gave sheldon poppers as a sexual aid. that generally refers to capsule that's give users a rush when broken and inhaled. his attorney calls the suit mer
investigation now. moments ago the senator from nevada, majority leader harry reid, tald about the explosion on the senate floor. >> my thoughts are with those who are injured and, of course, the families of those who lost loved ones. and marines all over the world are now focusing on the loss of their fellow marines. they're grieving this loss. jon: we will have much more on this developing story with a live report from the pentagon later on "happening now." ♪ jon: brand new developments on immigration reform as a rising republican star outlines a new plan. good morning, i'm jon scott. jenna: hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. senator rand paul making some headlines today, now supporting a pathway to citizenship for the nation's estimated 31 million illegals -- 11 million illegals. it's a significant policy move, but the possible 2016 white house candidate also makes it clear that his plan does come with conditions. >> if you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in america, then we will find a place for you. in order to bring conservatives to this cause, however, those who work for refor
reality, and pulling the assault weapons ban from gun control legislation. majority leader harry reid says there aren't enough votes to overcome gop opposition. he says separating the ban from measures increases the chances of passage. the assault weapons ban appeared to gain momentum after the massacre in newtown, connecticut, in november. >>> president obama heading to the mideast in israel. the first time he visited the jewish state as president. abc's tahman bradley looks at the issues. >> reporter: president obama embarked on a trip to the middle east with the goal of winning the hearts and minds of the israeli people, mr. obama's first visit to israel as president. he will make several symbolic stops including laying a wreath at the founder of modern zionism. the centerpiece of the visit is delivering a speech to an audience of mostly college students. >> the president will visit israel with a message about the enduring relationship between the united states and israel about the unshakeable commitment the united states has to israel's security. >> report
its two-week break. harry reid put a new package on the calendar. we're back after the break. stay with us. ♪ >> if you believe in state's rights but still support the drug war you must be high. >> "viewpoint" digs deep into the issues of the day. >> do you think that there is any chance we'll see this president even say the words "carbon tax"? >> with an open mind... >> has the time finally come for real immigration reform? >> ...and a distinctly satirical point of view. >> but you mentioned "great leadership" so i want to talk about donald rumsfeld. >> (laughter). >> watch the show. >> only on current tv. >> hal: hello, jacki schechner is here giving a era of legitimacy as tony and i are here making at it head bangers ball. >> it ups my cool points. >> hal: you got a quick lesson in metal this week but also there was a little bit of a twitter lesson. >> it's a misunderstanding. >> hal: okay. what is the problem. >> when you retweet something, it pops up with an rt in front of it for retweet. when i retweet something it just retweets it and has the little circle that s
has given up on the assault weapons ban start with harry reid, of course, who put a gun safety measure bill on the floor of the house, which does include background checks. good for him on that. straw purchases and some other stuff but it does not include an assault weapons ban. mayor bloomberg said we are going to get it. we are going to get it they are year because it's what the american people want. and i have no doubt if you put that vote to the american people, they would vote for it. and i said this before and i will say it again, dianne feinstein, she is determined she is going to bring the assault weapons ban back. remember, we had it for 10 years, 1994, to 2004. and i told you before do not count out dianne feinstein. she is one tough mama when it comes to getting her way on legislation. kathleen has a comment from chicago. here, the city that's been really racked with gun violence and gun deaths. hi, kathleen. >> caller: hi. how are you doing? thank you. let me get this in so everybody can hear this. carry robbins action you mention
. >> stephanie: kind of out there courage from harry reid that we're used to. >> i hope i haven't offended anyone by my sort of support for some kind of legislation. >> stephanie: all right. rude to end -- not a fessive note at all. hal and jacki talked about the iraq war. it is amazing when you think of -- we think we know the horror of it. you pointed out the birth defects we caused in iraq which is -- along with other things. you say iraq is now a divide country with a pittyless regime. it uses rape, torture and execution to punish enemies. place where they haven't gotten the electrical grid back to where it was before the war. at least saddam hussein isn't running the joint right? we still haven't discussed birth defects and cancer and the depleted uranium. >> right. the use of -- i think the estimate was in the course of the war something like eight billion depleted uranium bullets were used and that's not getting into the other munitions. and especially in places like fallujah and basra where the bigger battles took place. what that's left behind. the way in which that causes birth defects
this week. senator harry reid, you'll remember, announced that he was dropping the assault weapon ban from the current proposal, before the senate bill. now, senator dianne feinstein says she will introduce it as an amendment, adding that she won't lay down and play dead. so, carol, the gop continues to say, the better idea is to simply better enforce the laws that are already on the books. carol, the debate isn't ending anytime soon. >> doesn't appear to be. what role does the school shooting at newtown play here? >> reporter: well, as you indicated, of course, newtown parents, many of them, will be at this news conference today, standing aside new york's mayor bloomberg, and of course, vice president biden. they've been supporting the president's proposed legislation for that assault weapon ban, but will their support make a difference in the end? one thing is for sure, of course, the memories of what happened that day in newtown at sandy hook elementary remain vivid in everyone's mind. here's what the police chief said last night on piers morgan live. >> that day will be etched in my mi
in more than a decade. majority leader harry reid has now confirmed the bill will be debated when lawmakers return from vacation next month. it will call for universal background checks on gun buyers. >>> an emotional scene in a new york courtroom. a man who spent 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit has finally been freed. david ranta convicted in 1990 of killing a local rabbi but a recent review found that police had mishandled evidence as well as coached those witnesses. >>> and we want you to look at this. more than 100 people injured in a massive highway pileup. the crash set in motion during a blizzard in western canada. tractor trailers, a bus, even a truck carrying cattle all tangled up but amazingly, no one was killed. >>> and a major medical headline that will get you to put down that salt shaker. researchers now blame one in every ten deaths in the u.s. on salt. much of it in those processed foods such as bread and cheese remain the top sources in our diet. >>> and talk about march madness. it truly was madness when the 14 ranked harvard crimson stunned num
for gun buyers. harry reid says it will include tougher laws and tougher sentences for gun trafficking. the national rifle association opposes the background check saying this could lead to a federal -- regis tri-of gun owners. >>> that event will be at the reed hill view airport between 8:00 a.m. and noon. >> it is 8:15. u.s. district courts in northern california are taking five furlough days to deal with forced cutbacks. san francisco and san jose will be closed on the first friday of every month from may to september. the court in oakland will be closed the first monday from may to august. it will close on the second monday in september because of the labor day holiday. >>> a berkley couple are among the plaintiffs in this historic case. they claim prop 8, california's voter approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. the couple has been together for 13 years and raised four boys. >> they're adults going to work every day that are in the situation sandy and i are in. they would do better, there would be more permanence. >> same-sex couples said they should be afforded th
. you saw harry reid drop out of the bill and added it back into the amendment. >> alex sorenson, christina, thank you both. good to see you both. >> thank you. >>> secretary of state john kerry made an unexpected stop in baghdad and asked al maliki to stop using. >> senator george mitchell has served as an enjoy voy to the me east. it's half past the hour. >>> here at home, we know someone won more than $330 million in the powerball drawing yesterday. we just don't know who. le so far the lucky winner is keeping their identity secret. the ticket was bought in new jersey. powerballs played across 42 states, d.c. and the u.s. virgin islands. >>> let's go now to weather and talk about an unseasonable mess. snowstorm moving across the country, causing travel havoc like this in the rockies and burying some areas in a foot of snow. live in st. louis, missouri, with more on the storm, i'm sorry to make you stand out there in this live shot. this is terrible at the end of march. >> it is, alex. you know, i think a lot of people would agree with you, they've put away their shovels and wi
how to count. incredible. >>anna: 6:34. to your news headline. senate majority leader harry reid con conceding duet on the democrats -- con seethe defeat on the democrats plan on assault weapons. many lawmakers and gun rights advocates plan to fight those regulations claiming provisions violate their constitutional right to bear arms. >>brian: he spent 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. this holocaust survivor and rabbi walking out of a prison -- walking out of prison in new york yesterday after a judge overturned his 1990 conviction for a botched robbery. it turns out there was no physical evidence against him. just flawed witness testimony. >> i said in the beginning i have nothing to do with this case. if he's interested, there will be so much paper work as you'd like to read on this case and make your own decision. >>brian: unfortunately prosecutors say justice may never be served. the only other suspect in the case is dead. >>steve: soon drug-sniffing dogs won't be able to smell marijuana due to the recent legalization of recreational pot, many state police dogs
. yesterday, senator majority leader harry reid had a debate on the floor and it is limited on this c.r. if the full 06 hours are taken up we'll see a vote on thursday. senate democrats want to move to their budget. the first senate budget on the oor in four years offered by patti murray and that budget is open to unlimited amendments, basically. once they start on that there could be 100 or more amendments and now they are talking about weekend votes. ut harry reid has not left for easter or passover recess before completing that. basically, the 60 hows of post closure debate time could be mited if they can get an unanimous consent but the senator from kansas blocked it because he wants an amendment on the federal aviation administration budget to allow them to have more money to stop the furloughs of the air traffic controllers. this has hit his state really heard and they are not giving him that vote so far. it is a slippery slope idea. they give him his vote they would have a flood gate opened. at one point there is 90 amendments to the c.r. and they are trying to avoid the situat
leader harry reid says the provision was dropped because he feared republican opposition would block passage of any bill at all. >>> convicted teen killer t.j. lane will spend the rest of his life behind bars without parole. the 18-year-old was sentenced on tuesday to three life sentences for the shooting deaths of three students at an ohio school cafeteria. lane wore a t-shirt with the word "killer" written on it, cursed the courtroom and gestured obscenely. >>> let's head to wall street, cnbc's jackie deangelis has the latest. good morning, jackie. >> good morning, natalie. investors closely watching the situation in cyprus after lawmakers there rejected a controversial bailout proposal that would have taxed regular savings accounts. the concern is that the debt crisis in the eurozone is back on the table and that could weigh on stocks. later today the nation's top money man, fed chairman ben bernanke, he will answer questions on the economy but what investors really want to know if he's going to continue with economic stimulus. natalie? >> jackie deangelis at the new york stock ex
, and not considering they would be a democrat and working with harry reid instead of mitch mcconnell -- >> wait, wait, wait. you forgetting about alvin green. >> oh, yes. [ laughter ] >> there are a lot of people who have forgotten about him. he ran for the state house after that and just got trounced. >> did he really? >> yeah. >> bill: oh, he did. >> despite all of the notoriety and at attention he got facing jim demint that was not one of the most successful political careers. >> bill: lindsey graham has become so far right, you know, you can't get to the right of him anymore, because he is afraid of his own shadow, but has anybody filed against him or is he just making it up? >> no. no. and of course filing won't open until march of next year and nobody has really even emerged, though there are tea party forces and libertarian forces here in the republican party who are small but vocal and pretty organized and they would love to get a credible candidate up against him. in fact they would love to change the rules of the primary so it's done at a convention than a primary itself
death of the assault weapons ban. it's harry reid conceding it can't be part of the main bill. they're trying to focus on what is doable. what can they get done in april? and what they think can get done would be universal background checks, including for private transactions. if i was going to sell you a gun that doesn't have to be any sort of background check on that under a bill being knocked around in the senate, you would have to have some validation there before that purchase could be made. and that's the sticking point right now. that's a far cry from what democrats were talking about two or three months ago. that's a pretty small, narrow provision in the scope of all the big gun controls that democrats wanted to push in the beginning. >> that said, david, ignatius, if a bill passes that even allows the individual transfer without background checks, that would close the gun loophole, also stop something that needs to be stopped, and that is the purchasing of weapons online. that's a significant -- >> for gun control folks. it would just be a shame from my standpoint if in the
leader, harry reid, who's from nevada, addressed the accident moments ago from the senate floor. >> we don't know exactly what happened. it was a violent explosion. we know that. my thoughts are with those who are injured and of course the families of those who lost loved ones. details are emerging. we really don't know. the area's been blocked off. i understand it was quite a big explosion. >>> this morning, before a crowd of at least 150,000 people, pope francis was officially inaugurate ed as the 266th bish of rome. 130 world leaders, including vice president joe biden, attended this morning's mass. 500 priests were called in to deliver communion. >>> tomorrow is the first day of spring, but snow is falling in the northeast, prompting school closures from massachusetts to maine and check out this incredible ireport video from pearl, mississippi. n, those aren't golf balls. golf ball-sized hail covered the ground yesterday, denting this guy's car and shattering more than one windshield. >>> a 6-month-old baby in chicago killed by gunfire last week was shot once, not several times, as
in the country as we head into the mid terms. harry reid is not going to include an assault weapons ban next month. it come up as an amendment and we will get the votes on record as to whether lawmakers stand on that. the question now becomes what will potential legislation cover, maybe new school security measures, maybe expanded background checks, while the latter has overwhelming public support, republicans continue to balk. thomas young is dying and has written a letter to president bush and dick chain any on behalf of himself and fellow veterans. he is saying that the two should beg from forgiveness from veterans like him who were forced to go to war in iraq and not afghanistan. a mission for health. they think this world isn't big enough for the both of them. but we assure you - it is. bites. little greatness. >> "viewpoint" digs deep into the issues of the day. >> has the time finally come for real immigration reform? >> with a distinctly satirical point of view. if you believe in state's rights but still believe in the drug war you must be high. >> only on current tv. ♪ >> announc
harry reid. families who lost loved ones in the newtown school shooting met in new york with vice president biden together they're calling for more firearm restrictions. >> i ask everybody to stand up and speak out. >> we ask you to try to gain your new perspective by thinking about the unthinkable which is unfortunately our reality. >> opponents of gun control including nra say background checks can easily be side stepped. >> yoko ono adding her voice to the debate. john lennon's wife. she tweeted out a picture of the glasses that he was wearing, there they are, bloodied glasses. this would have been their 44th wedding anniversary. and with those glasses she tweeted out, over 1,057,000 have been killed by guns in the usa since john lennon was shot and killed on december 8, 1980. >> that is a powerful tweet. >> staggering numbers. she also said her and their son, john, after 33 years, still miss john of course. >> we all do. >>> well, we're learning this morning about a near diplomatic disaster during the bush administration. during the united nations conference in new york in 200
? >> harry reid put the gun restriction measure up on the floor yesterday. he took out the assaults weapon's ban, and that will be an amendment. but it had universal background checks in it, and so that's moving forward. they have to get the immigration bill before august. if they don't pass this bill by july all of these guys have to go back to their districts. we know in august what those townhall rallies are like. they have do it before then. >> bill: you are right i have seen legislation on gun safety and immigration there is a lot -- on climate change? >> not so much. i don't think that's a big priority as far as something that is going to happen as assuredly as immigration or a gun-safety bill. >> i think the immigration issue is a really fascinating one because we're starting to see rush limbaugh that lou dobbs were the amnesty that destroyed the immigration debate in 2007. and rand paul has gotten caught up on this issue on amnesty and being attacked by the great rush limbaugh. >> bill: the republicans a lot billed by talk radio that pulled the plug on george bu
leader harry reid introduced a gun bill yesterday that does include expanded background checks. the senate will debate it after a two-week recess. coming up in 20 minutes we're going to speak with stephen barton, a survivor of the aurora movie theater shooting. he's working with the newtown families as part of this mayors against illegal guns. >>> former president nicolas sarkozy under formal investigation this morning for breach of trust charges. sarkozy is accused of taking advantage of france's richest woman to help illegally fund his 2007 presidential campaign. terry arnaud joins us from paris this morning. what's the latest? >> well, it's a bit of a political -- that took us by surprise in paris. it was about 10:00 p.m. local and announced the former president was being put under investigation. what that means is that the three charges he was facing yesterday found sufficient converging and serious clues to choose to go ahead with this formal investigation. the charges, as you've described them, are extremely serious. he's accused of having taken advantage of an ailing old
opposes specific background check provisions that senator harry reid has included in the package, increasing the costs associated with the action under the system." you can read the story online at rollcall.com. the nra weighed in on all this, of course, with a series of ads, including this one. [video clip] >> in a recent closed-door speech, bill clinton spoke about american dollars. "these people have been listening to this stuff so long, they believe that." "it is not surprising that their bitter and cling to guns and religion." we grant them power. we protect them. they do not make us free. as long as we have the second amendment, we always will be. ourre america and politicians are only as powerful as we the people will allow. the latest from the nra, again focusing on guns, background checks. a look at guns and video games in our country. of course, front and center, following what happened in newtown, conn. last december. the hearst newspaper focusing on all of these issues, this writing -- chronicle," exploring one aspect of our culture, the prevalence of violence in our
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